How much should you spend on a wedding gown?


It’s a lazy Sunday morning, and I’m watching Say Yes to the Dress.  I enjoy this show, but I always wonder afterwards: how realistic are these budgets?  $5,000, $15,000, or the all time high of $34,000?! How much should you spend on a wedding gown?

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My Opinion

I have only attended one wedding in my life.  It was extremely casual and it doesn’t impact my views on wedding gowns whatsoever, because there wasn’t even one present. I have however drooled over multiple episodes of Say Yes to the Dress and Four Weddings, flipped through Brides Magazine, and tried on my mother’s gown therefore I practically consider myself a bridal consultant, like Randy Fenoli.  And with this expertise, I have learned that money may not be the most romantic topic to discuss in regard to your wedding day, but do it anyways.  I spent over $1,000 on my 3 prom gowns (total), and although I do not regret it, I do realize I might have a car right now if I saved that money.

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According to “The Knot“, the average wedding is $28,400, but CNN claims that the average wedding dress is only $1,211.  Is that a lot, or a little?  I’ve started to wonder if Kleinfelds has made unmarried American women everywhere spend MORE.  My mom’s wedding gown was only a few hundred dollars, below the average cost by 2013 standards, but if the cost is below average, is the dress?  Some people fear that price and the beauty of the gown will go hand in hand.  Will the price tag reflect the gown?

I whole heartedly say no!  Just like when thrift store shopping and finding an amazing pair of shoes for half of what they should cost: you can find a dress that is in your budget, but worth more.  As exciting as it is to day dream about the day when I would buy the gown of my dreams at Kleinfeld’s (even though at this point my cat has better chances of marriage than I do), it won’t happen.  I like to compare my prices, research, and make an educated decision.  Personally, I don’t like the $34,000 high-low Pnina gown, but if I did, my logic would have to come through and say I would rather have a couple cars: even a few Chanel bags seem like a better investment.

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The Verdict

So, there is no magical number that will tell you how much you should spend on a wedding gown.  It differs greatly depending on income, who’s paying, and what your priorities are (not lace vs. taffeta, think electric bill vs. wedding gown).  I don’t care what the statistics say, if I was getting married today, I couldn’t afford a $1,211 dress.  Acknowledge that information.  Make a puppy dog eyes at your mom, cry, and get over it.

As hard as a budget may be to swallow, you need to.  The issues begin when you don’t stick firmly to your budget. A can of worms is opened when you start to become overwhelmed with delusion that you have the money to buy a $34,000 dress: aka some people’s salaries or college tuition -even when you don’t.

Some Things to Keep in Mind:

Don’t take out a loan for your wedding gown… please.  You may sound appalled at the idea, but people do it.  Don’t max out your credit cards for something that will never see the light of day after you wear it once.  Money may not be the most romantic aspect of your wedding, but do us (you and the economy) a favor by not making loans for wedding gowns, a thing.  The person/bank that would loan you the money is an idiot, and you are an idiot for even entertaining the idea.

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Start saving today.  I am eighteen, and semi-content with being a single independent cat lady for the rest of my life. If it weren’t for missing out on the wedding gown I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to, I wouldn’t even care if I ever got married…  But if you do, and you start saving for that magical day now, your budget will obviously be bigger.  If you don’t care that much about what my budget looks like, then you won’t have a big one.  Just don’t expect to marry a King that will pay for it all and don’t ask people to loan you exorbitant amounts of money, when you’ve had on average 27 years to prepare your wallet for the occasion.

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I would love to hear your opinion on how much is too much to spend on a wedding dress. 

 

Be YOUnique


As I prepare for the new chunk of my college journey, as well as continuing to feel out how 2013 is going to treat me, I plan on making some new wardrobe contributions.  As much as I enjoy h&m and forever 21 on a dirt cheap budget, I need to brand out.  My clothing is a key form of my expression, I am getting away from the high school trend of simply wearing a brand because it is cool.  Trends are phenomenal, don’t get me wrong, and I still drool over designer, but just following trends does not take style. I am soaking up my last days of lazy clothing and messy buns, so I can make a stylish statement in the upcoming weeks.  I plan on investing in a camera to help the blog flourish as well, so you should be able to witness first hand how gorg these outfits will be.  With all of the free time I’ve had on my hands  (it’s been driving me INSANE) as of late I have stumbled upon a few websites I may consider introducing to my collection of apparel this new year:

1) http://www.coi-nyc.com I have  mixed review on this site and what they’re selling. Do not hesitate to click the link and see what I mean.  I think the idea of using conflict of interest as a brand and using designer brands to play on words is hilarious, and unique.  I believe the creators have not dedicated near enough time to their products though, because they only have 3 tops and expect to be successful? That’s a reach. It’s a site based on brands such as Givenchy better known on there as Giraunchy and Balenciaga called “Ballinciaga: Harlem”. I appreciate the attempt, and I am happy that NYLON  mag included a blurb about this site in their magazine, but maybe they would have had more than a paragraph written about them if there was more to say.  For 60 dollars? A statement, but not one worth making quite yet.  I’m sure you could go on skreened and get something similar.  Soon enough someone will steal the idea and make it for less, not that I’m promoting that..

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2) http://www.maudeandtilda.com has won over my heart.  Although the home page may look old school, this brand based overseas is anything but!  Check out the bags next to the 3 little old ladies.. I don’t know about you, but my grandmas isn’t making the statement “I’m still saving for my Birkin” or “Will Fuck For Chanel” any time soon.  I ordered a bag last night that wasn’t quite as bold is language, but still got the point across.  Complete with a pink bow and 20% off coupon code? Who could complain.  My only disappointment in the brand is that it could take anywhere from 4-30 days for me to sport the statement tote since it is out of paris.  Still, no regrets.  This rebel bag is the perfect size to carry books for anti-backpack people like myself.  Thank you random girl on instagram that took a picture of someone with one in the airport.  I then took it upon myself to google of course :*

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3)www.thehunt.com is the prime location for soooo many other items and sites like this.  Over thanksgiving break I went on stumble upon for the first time and was connected to the hunt.  It is incredible how many things I have drooled over on pinterest and found more cheaply through there.  Can’t find it on google? Make an account, you’re almost guaranteed to find it on the hunt.  I found a pair of glitter combat boots (yea, I can’t put off the combat boot trend any longer.. I’m giving in)on a fellow blogger’s page, but they were for her 4 year old daughter!  I may have the same clothing interest as that 4 year old, but my feet will not feet and the blogger didn’t share the brand. http://WWW.THEHUNT.COM HERE I COME!!!!!

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Check out these sites and share some of your favorites!  Also, anyone have advice on a camera for a fashion blogger? I don’t want to spend more money than necessary, because that’s less clothes and shoes. #sorrynotsorry

Allison

Pinterest and Polyvore


Okay.

It’s completely possible I am the last person in the world to find out what Polyvore is all about, but I’m becoming almost as addicted to it as Pinterest.

It’s just the best of both worlds that I can pin what I create.

Unfamiliar with Polyvore or Pinterest???

Welcome to the Twenty First Century. 

It’s an honor to be your guide, call me Allison.

1) Pinterest.

I’m introducing you to Pinterest before Polyvore because that’s how it worked for me. I was talking to my roomate/suitemate about the site and we decided that I needed to make a board in honor of college. I never used the site, I found it boring. I felt the same way about Tumblr though, and that was sweeping the nation too.. so whatever. Things change!

Pinterest and I developed a bond unlike any other. Pinterest is currently open in a tab behind Facebook and my e-mail. It’s a close contender with Twitter, but I only use twitter on my phone.

Pinterest is defined in my head as a place to find pretty pictures of unhealthy food, workout tips, DIY projects that never turn out as good as planned, and jokes that entail what everyone is thinking but never says. You get to technologically create boards of these random things and sort them accordingly. Honestly, the people I follow pinterest I probably know better than the people that I don’t. All dirty laundry is shown at one time or another on pinterest.

And now you’re wondering why it’s taken you so long to sign up.

Well. Because Pinterest isn’t like most sites. You need to be super cool, and get an invitation. Want an invitation? Comment below with your e-mail.

Again, welcome to the twenty first century.

I am so happy to be the cause of your change.

2) Polyvore

It allows you to express yourself and be the personal stylist you may never actually have the opportunity to be… it lets you put together outfits that cost above and beyond what you can afford and label them whatever the heck you want. If you don’t know where to shop, but want to find something under a certain price point? That’s handy too.

I wanted glitter covered loafers. The Kate Spade ones are $200+ and I simply can’t afford that… So i searched under 50 and wa-la. New results.

None that really satisfied me like Kate’s.

But they’d work.

I’d gush more about polyvore,  but I’m still figuring it out. The good news is, you don’t need an invitation for polyvore. You can learn as you go.

You also will probably find people through Facebook or Twitter that you know, that are on both of these sites.. so they can help you out. That is my learning lesson for the day… Here’s an example of my latest and greatest polyvore board that I pinned:

 

I’m a proud mom. I love this board. 🙂

Follow me on pinterest: @preppylogic15

Follow me on polyvore: @preppylogic

Any Questions? Just let me know.